Barley's Fortune Teller East India Imperial Porter | Smokehouse Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mattcrill on 03-18-2012

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at the Smokehouse on 7/1/12

The beer is a deep brown that looks black in passing. One finger head drops quickly, but maintains a thin layer and leaves good lace coating the top of the glass.

The aroma tickles my fancy. It's dry, roasty, earthy and kind of dirty in a way. Tangy dark roast, cocoa dust and some coffee tones. Rather grainy. Full, but nimble aroma. Faint, almost marshmallow or vanilla like sweetness throughout. The flavor bends to sharp roast and burnt tones, like painting pictures of coffee beans and chocolate bars using ashes and soot. Earthy hops and dark grains. Hmm, it's hoppier that I thought initially - the finish hides a lot of nippy citric tones. Lingering bitterness, burnt coffee and scorched chocolate. The feel is medium-full with moderately prickly carbonation; though higher than I prefer, the carbonation works well for the beer.

Overall impression: I rip on Barley's often, but they deserve praise when rightly earned. They went out on a limb with this and came up with a good beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Barley’s Smokehouse and Brewpub, Columbus, OH

A: The beer is close to jet black in color. It poured with a thin head that also coated the edges of the glass and took a long time to fade away, eventually leaving a thin collar.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and hops in the nose along with some hints of chocolate. The roasted nature becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more complex and has a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is interesting and tastes like a hybrid between an English IPA and porter—it definitely has more hops compared to other porters.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fortune Teller pours a caramel brown color. It’s very hazy. Backlighting gives it a chocolaty look. Perhaps even a tad orange at the edges. The head is tan. It stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention is pretty good. It held up well. Lacing was definitely sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is very impressive. The malt base is really nice. It smells like a mix of chocolate and sweet caramel. Definitely smells sweeter than anticipated. Roasted coffee is nice and strong. It complements the malts extremely well. Hops come through loud and clear. It’s a diverse hop bill. There are citric, piney, and grassy scents present. The hops are very vibrant and drive the aromatics up a notch. Alcohol is masked well. I’m not getting much there.

The flavor is very good. It’s not quite as impressive as the nose, but it is quite good. Caramel and chocolate flavors hit first. It definitely tastes a bit sweet. Roasted coffee is noted and adds a lot to the flavor. There are some roasty notes, but they’re secondary. Hops are rather strong and bitter. They feature citrus grapefruit and pine flavors predominantly. They work well with the malt base, but ultimately overcome it. This one falls on the hoppy, bitter side. Alcohol is blended nicely and doesn’t come through strong. Finishes a little sweet, bitter, and dry.

Fortune Teller has a medium body. Carbonation is light and soft. It goes down soft and easy. I won’t finish the growler tonight, but it’s going down far too easily. Tempting….

Fortune Teller East India Imperial Porter is a very good release from Barley’s. Nice story too – supposedly the old British breweries shipped India Pale Ale to overseas officers while everyone else got India Porter. I like it. I like the beer even more. Very tasty stuff. Head down to the Smokehouse and grab a growler. You’ll be glad you did.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Clean fermentation character up front. No fruity esters. Lots of piney hop resins up front. Earthy hop notes as well. Very light roasted malt character but hops are in the driver's seat.

Appearance: Muddy river water brown pour with a sticky off-white head. Lacings stick to the glass all the way down.

Flavor: Earthy hop bitterness up front. Light chocolate notes but they are quickly beaten back by the pine-like hop resin flavors. Balance is firmly bitter. Aftertaste is long and the resiny hop bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slight hop and roasted grain astringency.

Overall impression: Very hop forward robust porter. One of my favorite's the the Smokehouse brews. Well done.

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Barley's Fortune Teller East India Imperial Porter from Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 8 ratings